If you’re like most people then you probably spend a great deal of time in your living room. After all, this is the room where you can relax at the end of the day or entertain when guests come over. When most people picture the perfect living room, they envisage a cosy, welcoming place and lighting has a huge part to play in creating this environment.
Living room lighting should be a mixture of general, task and accent lighting. This allows you to build a layer of light and helps to create a warm and inviting ambience. One thing you should be careful to avoid is having an overly bright central light that floods the middle of the middle of the room and leaves the corners in shadow. Living room lighting should be fairly soft and not too harsh on your eyes as this can be an unpleasant distraction when you’re trying to wind down at the end of the evening.
General lighting is your central or main source of light, normally provided by ceiling or wall lights. It should provide a comfortable level of light that allows you to see well enough to perform general tasks and move about safely. General lights are your rooms statement fixture and include chandeliers, central pendants and table lamps.
A good tip for living room lighting is to have a dimmer switch that allows you to change the level of lighting depending on your mood. For instance, if you’re entertaining guests you might want a brighter, more cheerful lighting effect whereas if you’re relaxing on your own, you may want a slightly dimmer, softer light.
Task lighting includes wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps. It is particularly important if you like to read in the evenings, providing even lighting that helps you see well enough to perform tasks that require a more direct light. Well placed task lighting such as low level table lamps and reading lamps can help to create a cosy, warm atmosphere throughout your living room.
Accent lighting is typically a slightly stronger light used to highlight different features within your living room. It can be provided by carefully positioned lamps or small recess lights and is ideal for bringing out features such as pictures, ornate furniture and fireplaces.
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